The project has been conceived out of the recognition that revitalised bamboo and rattan traditions can become the catalyst for social and economic growth for local communities. It is clear that value added bamboo products enable bamboo farmers to compete in the international market-place. Bamboo production helps opening up the path to an improved and sustainable future for the small producers. The strategic actions adopted by the project are: a) To develop and introduce rehabilitation and certification systems for bamboo and rattan resources in developing countries; b) To provide design improvement for the bamboo and rattan products, meeting medium and high quality standards of the developed western markets; c) To ensure dissemination of the technology through training and networking, with particular stress on integrating women into the dissemination activities. The project was implemented in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal with technical support for preparing new designs of furniture and handcrafts provided by Chinese and Indian masters. The project was completed in 2011.